As the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens each try to get back on track this Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, there are the obvious keys to victories.
For New York, Eli Manning must practice better ball security, which might come naturally with a more effective running game behind him. Defensively, can the defensive line generate a better pass rush?
Baltimore needs to return to its running game, engineered by Ray Rice, who through two offensive coordinators has been an afterthought in the game plan. On the defensive side, Washington and Denver each posted more than 30 points against them after allowing 15 points per game in their previous five games.
Some glaring numbers, via ESPN Next Level.
47.3: In his last four road contests, Manning has thrown one touchdown compared to five interceptions, resulting in a Total QBR of 47.3. Manning’s struggles away from New Jersey have coincided with the Giants losing just one of their last four road games. Manning is on pace to record his lowest Total QBR on the road since 2008.
7: After a breakout campaign in 2011, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has taken a step (or two) back. Pierre-Paul is seven sacks shy of where he was at this time a season ago, and as a unit the Giants’ defensive line has had difficulty reaching opposing quarterbacks. In 2011, Pierre-Paul disrupted 24.5 dropbacks, good for second-most in the league. Pierre-Paul has not recorded a sack since Week 9, and his 6.5 sacks on the year is ranked 34th in the NFL.
13: An ailing Giants pass rush catches a break when it faces Baltimore, as the Ravens offensive line has allowed 13 sacks of Joe Flacco in the last four games, which is fifth-most in the league during that span. Against the Broncos, Flacco was sacked or under pressure for about one-third of the snaps. When defenses send five or more pass-rushers, Flacco has been sacked 14 times and owns a Total QBR of 29.8, ranked 31st of 37 qualifying quarterbacks.
25: Big Blue has allowed 25 plays of 30+ yards in the NFL, the fifth-most in the league. Opposing quarterbacks who attempt throws more than 10 yards downfield own a Total QBR of 95.2, the highest rate in the NFL, and complete almost 55 percent of their passes, the second-highest percentage in the NFL.
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